Friday, 10 July 2015

Rain didnt stop play.........

Balearic Shearwater and 3 Arctic Skuas passed Whitburn Obs by 7 o'clock this morning. The forecast was for quite heavy rain from 4am so i wasn't sure how much of a sea watch i would get and carried my big brolly to the obs with me. Thankfully the rain never came and i had a much better sea watch than yesterdays poor show
The Balearic Shearwater was my first of the year and with good numbers of birds moving and Dolphins on show i had a fantastic watch
This is what i saw in order of appearance

Friday 10th July 04.40-07.00 WNW1-2 dead calm moderate swell full cloud cover

Curlew 5n 1s
Puffin 225n 34s
Little Gull 3n 2s
04.50 White beaked Dolphin circa 5 off were feeding offshore till at least 05.35 never very showey
Common Tern 13n 29s
Sandwich Tern 14n 39s including my first fledged new bird of the year
Arctic Skua 3sRed th Diver 1n 2s
Black h Gull 4n 1s
Arctic Tern 4n 73s
Common Scoter 71n 16s
Manx Shearwater 86n 1s
Eider 1n
Redshank 8s
06.00 Balearic Shearwater 1s
Grey Heron 1n

Thursday 9th July 04.55 07.00NW2-3

common Tern 11n 1s
Sandwich Tern 7n 30s
Common Scoter 21n
Manxie 11n
Blk h gull 6n 2s
Curlew 3n
Eider 6s
Common Gull 1s
Redshank 1n
Arctic Tern 6s
LBBGull 1n
Puffin 9n
Red th Diver 1n